SMITH COUNTY — The Smith County Sheriff's Office identified a man deputies found shot to death in Tyler.
According to the sheriff's office, deputies received a call to 2700 block of Old Gladewater at about 8 a.m Saturday morning. When deputies arrived, they found Jerome Jones, 49, of Tyler dead with a gunshot wound in front a house.
Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith says deputies recovered evidence around Jones's body, but did not detail what the evidence was.
The sheriff's office is investigating the incident as a homicide. So far, the sheriff's office have not named any suspects.
Sheriff Smith says Jones has a prior criminal record of drug-related crimes.
According to his criminal record in Smith County, Jones has been charged with a number crimes dating back to 1994 ranging from marijuana possession and theft to five different assault charges.
His last charge in Smith County was in 2012.
Sheriff Smith says the incident is similar to other recent homicides in Smith County, but they cannot say for sure if this shooting connected with the others.
The Smith County Sheriff's Office and the Tyler Police Department, who is assisting in the investigation, will hold a press conference Monday on the homicide.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at (903) 566-6600.
CBS 19 will have more on this story as information becomes available.